Osho Oasis - Tulum
Over the past 20 years, I’ve visited Tulum, Mexico a half dozen times, repeatedly lured by the clear, warm water, humid air, white coral sand and relatively undeveloped landscape. I also find the area inviting because of its indigenous and natural elements that reflect the casual lifestyle. While many homes and hotels feature new structures, the use of local and ecological materials, thatched roofs, overlap in indoor/outdoor space and low-scale design, makes them feel authentic and appropriate. Tulum is a reminder that over-the-top luxury isn’t required in a setting that possesses so much natural beauty.
But this coastal Mexican town is much more than a low-key escape with intriguing design elements. Located on the south shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is near some of North America’s most interesting and historic ruins. The Mayan ruins add a profound perspective to the already wonderful region. There are three major ruin sites: Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. While Chichen is the most restored, Coba is the largest and indicates there was once an important and large city. Built between 600AD and 1200AD these structures are a doorway to past civilizations.
Cobra Needle Pyramid
I would encourage anyone visiting the area to explore these historic and magnificent structures. Here are a few of my other top recommendations when visiting Tulum:
1) Explore the cenotes. Tulum is famous for these crystalline, fresh water pools which are sinkholes that have provided freshwater to the land inhabitants for centuries and centuries. Some of the best cenotes are located south of the Tulum Pueblo, along the road to the Mayan ruins of Coba.
2) Relax with yoga. The Shambala Petit Hotel offers wonderful yoga retreats. The calming studio, is located a few steps from the azure waters of the Caribbean Ocean and features an open-air studio with sliding French doors.
Yoga Room - Shambala Petit Hotel
3) Be energy efficient. Many of Tulum’s hotels are designed to conserve energy, so they don’t have electricity. My favorite is Uno, located right on the water. The simple, rustic accommodations are spiritually serene and allow embrace the beauty of the area.
4) Eat like the locals. While you may not think of Italian food when you think of Mexico, Posada Margherita is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to. It’s a must!
5) People-watch at cafes. Tulum is brimming with small, charming beachside cafes. I find it incredibly enjoyable sitting seaside, feeling the ocean breeze and people watching.
Tulum will always be one of my favorite vacation destinations. The relaxed vibe combined with the simple lifestyle and perfect climate is the embodiment of peace.